Prior to last year’s legislative session, all restaurants who purchased fresh seafood were required to obtain a Retail Dealer license from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries annually. This license was eliminated during a reworking of the department’s fee structure.
Beginning in 2022, previous holders are now required to purchase a Wholesale/Retail Dealer license. This process was automatic for retail dealers who renewed their 2022 license online and many may not realize the license has changed.
Anyone who possesses a Wholesale/Retail Dealer license is required to report landings or lack of landings via the department's trip ticket program. The form associated with this requirement is below. Please note there is a yearly reporting option available on the MS2 document. You would enter your dealer license number, the last four digits of your tax ID or SSN, and the license year. If you aren’t purchasing directly from fishermen and don’t sell your catch directly to consumers, you can mark these boxes under the “YEARLY REPORTING.”
This will satisfy reporting requirements for that license year until it is renewed the following year. Wildlife and Fisheries staff is working to add an insert to its license mailer to bring further attention to this change for previous retail license holders.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do all restaurants who serve seafood need this license?
No, restaurants are exempt if they sell only fully prepared seafood products for immediate consumption. If a restaurant sells raw oysters or sushi (raw seafood) a Wholesale/Retail Dealer license is required.
Where can I find the license application?
Is there a deadline?
The 2022 license year began on Nov. 15, 2021. This is an ongoing permit you retain annually.
Questions regarding trip tickets or Monthly Submission Sheets, contact the LDWF Trip Ticket Office at (225) 765-2449.